"The figures which we have allow us to say that we will have over 100 seats," the head of the Justice and Development Party's parliamentary group, Lahcen Daoudi, said. "We won even in small villages where we are not traditionally present," he said, ahead of official results for Friday's polls, the first since Morocco's King Mohammed VI introduced reforms in response to Arab Spring uprisings.
Under a reform of the constitution approved in July, the monarch will have to appoint the prime minister from the party which wins the most seats. "We have already won over 80 seats and I can tell you that we will easily have over 100 seats. This is a historic turning point," said Mustapha el Khelfi, managing editor of Attajdid, the PJD's mouthpiece.